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. >> something you were saying about reality -- we saw the october surprise, super storm sandy, natomas is spending the campaign, but also the -- not only suspending the campaign, but also the bloomberg endorsement. many were looking over the right shoulder in terror -- if you acknowledge that climate is a real -- yesterday, for the five members of congress went to defeat. because they were targeted for taking anti-science positions in independent districts. is the as starting to melt them apart in the republican party on climate science? is there an opening for the president and the administration to move more boldly? >> it is sandy a turning point in this discussion or not? >> the whole discussion of climate change has become so polarized that i think, if we can address some of our economic challenges, some of our immigration challenges, there are a whole host of things on the priority list to overcome all that. right now, it has become so divisive that i will look for any immediate move on that particular issue. >> the santa barbara oil spill was a galvanizing change. >> i think ther
is making a late push in tight states. scott, big hear from sandy, texas. how concerned are you about the electoral system? caller: i believe that we will be able to overcome the lying and cheating of the democrats. they are going to cheat. they are going to have voter fraud, there is no doubt about it. one of the best indicators of that is their opposition to the picture id. they are going to cheat, they are going to live, they will claim that the ends justify the means, that lying is acceptable as long as you advance the cause. we are just going to have to overcome that, and we will. host: let's look more at the governor romney visit to pennsylvania. postal let's listen to some of the mitt romney closing arguments -- host: let's listen to some of the mitt romney closing arguments in morris hill, pennsylvania. [video clip] >> we have journeyed far and wide for america's future. now we are almost home. one final push will get us there. we have many long days, short nights, and now we are close. the door to a brighter future is there, open, and waiting for us. i need your vote, your wo
3. >> update on the response to hurricane sandy. >> afternoon, everybody. i will be brief because i figure you got more questions. some of the highlights from the last couple of days. as of this morning, around 6:00 a.m., and we will have numbers later this afternoon be looked at you, but 317,000 folks have registered in the three states for individual assistance. and a total of -- is three had a 20 million for the three states. the yesterday northeaster had impacts appeared in many cases precautionary measures were taken to shut down operations. there was concern about that, but it was based on the forecast the day before when decisions were made, said those were done in coordination with state and local officials. power outages increased slightly. power outages due to the nor'easter did increase the number of customers without power, and as of this morning, about 42,000 people in addition to those who have lost power from sandy are reported out. that number is down from the original impacts of the northeastern, but we continue to cede power restoration. the numbers improved. with
's touring statent island and other locations in the wake of the cleanup and aftermath of hurricane sandy. when that video becomes available, we'll take you there live. while we wait for that, we'll bring you a portion of this morning's "washington journal." host: independent vermont senator bernie sanders joins us from capitol hill this morning. thank you for being with us. and to get started here's a question. should democrats be ready to walk away from the bargaining table as you and the congress address this fiscal cliff? should democrats be willing to say if we can't get what we want we are willing to go over the cliff? guest: i think all of us want to make sure, want to do everything that we can to see that the fiscal cliff is avoided. but i think what we have seen in the past is a level of obstructionism on the part of republicans who said hey it's either my way or the identifyway. election vs. consequences. democrats want -- elections have consequences. democrats won. democrats won 25 out of 33 seats in the senate. they won seats in the house. one of the key issues during that cam
. after the first campaign, romney was ahead for a it little bit. around halloween, the sandy news started to kick in. president obama went ahead by point or less. do you see sandy play in? >> it robbed the challenger. it brought them for 3 or four days, six news cycles. the core issue was the economy. he wasn't able to get that message through for a few days. to some voters, it probably reminded some voters that this guy is reaching across party lines and reaching to the governor from new jersey. they're sitting in for the first time. i think it did help obama by freezing things for a few days and giving him that commander in chief aura. >> there is an important role that the federal government plays. romney and paul ryan talked about the government needs to get out of the way. >> romney specifically said he would cut fema. >> the last thing people want when catastrophe strikes is the government to get out of the way. >> some people remember obama came in in the middle of a crisis and he was cool headed. they were reminded that this guy doesn't react as much emotionally as we like to saee
providing an update on recovery efforts in new york and those affected by hurricane sandy, offering thoughts also on tax reform as part of the upcoming battle over the fiscal cliff, talking about the legislative outlook for the balance of 2012. senator schumer says he expects additional funding will be needed for fema responds to sandy, and he also says social security should not be part of the grand bargain, and it can be considered on the side. we are recording this conference with the "christian science monitor" and we will have senator schumer's remarks for you a little bit later in the day. again, waiting for the start of this post-election analysis hosted by cq roll call. while we wait, here phone calls from this morning's "washington journal." host: the two sides wasted no time staking out their positions on the potential crisis that is 54 days away. the expiration of almost every tax cut enacted since 2001, which could raise the average u.s. household tax burden by $3,500 and the first $110 billion of $1.20 trillion in spending cuts that to occur over 10 years." this is what the lead
it's a bigger issue the president takes up after hurricane sandy? guest: well, he suggested he might but i doubt -- john, given the issues that are on his table right now, if he takes it up, it's going to be leitner his second term. host: on twitter, mr. barnes, will jeb bush run in 2016? >> -- guest: i thought he would run in 2012. he has incredible experience dealing with hurricanes and other emergencies in florida. he's a likable guy. he appeals to both mod rats and conservatives. he will be what in his early 60's if he plans to run? i hope he would run and would be an extremely attractive candidate. paul ryan who is back in the house of representatives because he was re-elected to his house seat while he lost the vice president election. it's a very strong bench. i'd have to say, jeb bush is a part of it, and i would have him on the part of the bench where you're the first stout come in. host: -- guest: you can argue they are a younger generation. some are in their 40's like ryan and others a generation that hadn't arrived at the presidential level. i didn't agree with that. but
to spend a good portion of this hour talking about how we as a nation can respond to superstorm sandy and the lessons that we should learn from had disaster. it's not the first that has occurred in america, and it's certainly not going to be the last. in the previous disasters we learned a few lessons but it seems as though we have achieved the necessary wisdom from those occurrences to really put in place the policies that can protect americans. first, our sense of compassion drives americans to reach out in many different ways to assist those on the east coast that were so severely harmed by this storm. our condolences go out to the families of those who were killed in the storm. our wall etc. opened to the american red cross and -- our wallets opened to the american red cross and others providing assistance. we should do that and we should do more than that. but as a congress there are things we must also do. propose alcs have been made on this -- proposals have been made on this floor to reduce the effectiveness and the support for the federal emergency management agency, not a go
website cspan.org. >> new jersey surfed some of the worst damage from hurricane sandy. today president obama visited the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the government's response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> good afternoon, everybody. i want to thank the members that are here. i want to thank the president. we spent a significant afternoon together, surveying the damage up and down the coast line. we wanted to show the president that personally. we have the opportunity to discuss it. and over to the shelter and meet with folks and have them see the president and his concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have a lot of challenges. things we need to do to make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible, that people have clean water, hospitals are taking care of things they need to when we get kids back to school. i discussed all those issues with the president and i am pleased to report he has sprung into action immediately to give us those things while we were in a car together. i want to than
surprise was hurricane sandy, with the bloomberg endorsement, christie, a bipartisan appeal, etc. on the right, you see them looking over their shoulder in terror of being taken on in primaries. yesterday four of the five members in congress targeted by the leak of co conservation went down in defeat. they were targeted for taking anti-science positions and independent districts. is the ice stunning to melt and break up in the republican party owith this reign of terror of the no-nothing wing of climate science? is there an opening for the administration to go more boldly on climate? >> is sandy a turning point? >> the whole discussion of climate change has become so polarized that i think that if we can address some of our economic challenges, if we can address some of our immigration challenges, there are things that are a whole lot higher on the priority list and trying to overcome the divine on that. eventually the progress of science will be persuasive to more and more people. but right now it has become so divisive that i wouldn't look for any sort of immediate rapprochemen
-span.org. new jersey suffered some worst damage from hurricane sandy. today, president obama visited the state with governor chris christie and spoke about the federal government's response to the disaster. this is 15 minutes. >> i promise, you are going to be ok. we are going to get this whole thing set up. this is the owner of the marines arrive here. i want to make sure that she knows -- the owner of a marina right here. how long have you had the marina? since 1996? nothing like this has ever happened. well, we will get it done, i promise. we are going to see what we can do. we will try to work through, obviously folks' homes, making sure the power is back on, making sure the streets are clear and all the debris is gone. we want to make sure the small businesses are up and running. is the head of emergency management. he knows what to do. [indiscernible] the other thing is, i know there is a lot of aqua culture here. we will work with the governor's team and work to get everything back and deal with some of the other challenges we have got. [indiscernible] this is something that we know we
of hurricane sandy, president obama and mitt romney resumed campaigning. the candidate's weekend travel schedules made it clear where the election was likely to be decided. obama was slated to return to ohio today. saturday, sunday and monday. he was set to appear in iowa, virginia, wisconsin, florida, new hampshire and colorado. romney was doubled to campaign in ohio, went -- wisconsin, new hampshire and virginia. statewide polls differ on who was ahead in colorado and i what it should obama with a single digit lead in nevada and wisconsin. eight of nine surveys are the past week and a crucial ohio give obama a narrow edge. and we will be focusing on a violator in today's "washington journal." and our swing state series. we want to hear from voters and not-swing states. we want to hear how the election is playing out how you are. and this from the baltimore sun, charging more the candidates will go in the next couple days. ting where the candidates will go in the next couple days. again, the candidates focusing all of their attention in the days leading up to election day on as swing s
sandy was an unprecedented storm that left a devastating impact on new jersey and the new york region, damaging homes, businesses and leaving millions without power. my district was hit tack -- particularly hard. numerous substations in our area were sub merged under water, leaving residents without electricity for nearly two weeks. as a result thousands of lehman have worked around the clock to assist those in need and help restore power. not only have those in new jersey and new york region joined together to help the impact by sandy, but hardness of individuals from across the country have come to lend a hand to the people of new jersey. just the other day as i was touring damages around my district i saw license plates that raised from wisconsin to louisiana. i want to thank all the workers and volunteers whether they have come around the block or hundreds of miles away to assist a region in our recovery. while the road ahead to full recovery will be long, there is no doubt the progress would have been -- the progress we have made would not have been done without the assistance of
anything anymore. that is your this country is headed. host: were you affected by hurricane sandy up in beverly, new jersey? and what is your feeling about chris christie? caller: governor chris christie, i was not affected, just the power was out for a day. we did not get a whole lot of damage in my area. but governor chris christie -- if he has to go to the government to get help, that is what fema is there for. fema is there to help the state with catastrophes. host: greta. host: in montana, that race has not been called, results with more than half of the vote counted early this morning, they show that jon tester holds a five point lead over denny. 48% to 45%. the most expensive race in montana history. over $40 million is the tablet. moving on to north dakota, this has not been called either. the democratic challenger there it is tied 50% to 50%. we will continue to watch this race and let you know how it turns out. moving on to arizona. these are some of the closely watched senate races. jeff flake wins in that state, 50% over richard handpicked by president obama to ron. and t
the economy, i think somebody needs to work on a serious tax bill. we just had hurricane sandy on the east coast. there is a perfect example where if you put people to work, but all of our wires and power lines underground. they can build the economy. i think the republicans talk a good game. they found out, america is not the america of cleavers. this is a multiracial society, and it is only getting more. get in line, or we have seen the last of the republican party. host: thank you for the call from rhode island. a few other facebook comments this morning. budget reduction, immigration reform and education -- we will go now to seth from oklahoma on the republican line. what are your priorities for the second time? caller: right now i am a server at the hili's chain. i see polls all the time before the presidential race. i do not make judgments. i can see an amount of people that i meet that have seen what obama has done for them. two people have college degrees and they cannot find a job. three people going to vacation all school and they cannot get in the -- they cannot get -- vocationa
view, katrina, you saw it, sandy give some impetus to dealing with climate change. i said, in new york, we will pay for climate change one way or another. we can pay for it after each natural disaster -- in new york, we have had three or 4100-year disasters -- or four 100-year disasters. irene, sandy. it will give some impetus to deal with climate change. even if we cannot reach compromise on that, there are lots of things that we can reach compromise on and that would be on the agenda. the fourth thing i put on the agenda, i talked about earlier in reference to your question. maybe we can get some real financial reform. republicans are beginning to rethink super pacs. they have not produced the positive results they hope for and they have produced negative results that they did not expect. >> if a deal is reached before the end of the year, does that remove the need for tax reform, more comprehensive tax reform next year? >> my view is that corporate tax reform should be treated separately. why? to make corporate tax reform work, you should not have revenue increases. you are putting
the need for infrastructure in the northeast -- we are still reeling from the affects of sandy. the pleas of governors like malloy, cuomo, and christie, all are calling for us to focus on infrastructure. it is not only needed in a devastated northeast but clearly across this nation. one only has to read about the situation of roads and bridges to understand the importance of infrastructure and investment. clearly, people need to go back to work. that is something positive that we all agree on that can be done and should be done. but as we noticed today, there are no votes on the united states congress and the house of representatives today. we also agree, and emphasize this again, as did gene sperling -- everyone, and we mean everyone, should get $250,000 in tax breaks. everyone -- and so that means that even billionaires get that first $250,000. and everyone is in agreement -- the republicans do not want to see the middle class go without this tax cut. so where we disagree, let us push that off. where we agree, let's embrace. further, we discussed again the long term effects of our defic
of hurricane sandy on the election. our polling showed there was an impact. our final poll showed obama with 57% and romney with 47%. we had a dead tie a week earlier. the only intervening events at that time was sandy and obama got 70% approval for his handling of the situation. a plurality of romney supporters also approved. i think in the end, it was modest. i don't think it really to hit one way or the other. i think obama had been edging a little bit had prior to the hurricane. the last two debates, not as important as the first debate. never is, but obama had not only stemmed from the's momentum following the first debate but also had developed his own. in the end, it probably helped him. the atmospherics and symbols of chris christie embracing him, but it was on the margins. may have helped in the popular vote in the northeast. we did see a big swing 4 obama elite and northeast. in our final poll, he was ahead even more. >> whenever a president can appear presidential, it's good. >> multiple other things can help him. michael bloomberg's endorsement which technically was not exactly stor
by private industry. take hurricane sandy. we are going to spend a lot more money trying to rebuild as opposed to investing and making sure that does not happen again. power lines in the d.c. area are still above ground. every time we have a hurricane or a storm, they go down and we lose all lot of money instead of making the investment to put them underground. it is those kinds of things, investments, but we need to moves forward instead of spending time and money on the same issues guest: here is a lot of issues. -- issues. guest: he raised a lot of issues. host: he said he would be willing to pay more taxes. guest: a think a lot of people in the upper income tax brackets feel we do not need to extend tax breaks for upper- income. there are a lot of issues he raised by the way, republicans are saying to the touch the rates for upper-income, but instead close the loopholes. the mortgage interest deduction is not a loophole. the charitable contribution deduction is not a loophole. provisions for education are not loopholes. their tax policies and we need to be careful as we address
that sandy visited the -- hurricane sandy visited extraordinary damage on a large portion of the northeast. i come from maryland and we were not very substantially damaged but obviously new jersey, new york, and connecticut in particular, can the gentleman tell me, i know the administration has -- administration has not come down with a number that number i presume will be well north of $50 billion, but this is one of , in terms of the estimates being made, one of the five most damaging storms to hit the coast of the united states of america. i'm wondering whether or not the gentleman might have in mind doing some interim at a figure substantially below what we know will be the ultimate figure and in the next three weeks before christmas and then could the gentleman tell me whether or not if we can do that, whether or not the gentleman would require that it be offset and i yield to my friend. mr. cantor: madam speaker, i tell my friend that the best policy is to rely on the administration and fema to come up with the most accurate prediction of what the cost are before we move. so that would
as something that i'm not because quite frankly they cannot beat the farmer from big sandy with the record that i have for veterans for sportsmen for women for education for tax policy for making sure that montana's rural perspective is front and center in washington, d.c. look, over the last six years i've had an incredible opportunity to work with some of the most incredible people in the world and they all live right in this state. when i first got appointed to the veterans affairs committee, at public meetings i had a vietnam veteran come up and say you're not going to treat the men and women coming out of iraq and afghanistan like you did us. i work hard to live up to the promises. i've had sportsmen come up and say you have the best habitat in the world and if we can't get access it doesn't do us any good. so we've worked not only to increase the number of acres but also make sure that there's access to it. i've had women come up to me and say you know what? i can't afford health care. i'm a single mom or i'm single. and that income does not allow me to get health care. and that's wh
. and the only thing getting attention during the first few days of the sandy coverage. romney was in ohio. he was holding an event that encouraged people to bring aid and food. this ad was running. in it, it suggests that president obama is responsible, and his policies are responsible for jeep sending more jobs to china. china -- the chrysler owners are investing in china to boost the market there. they are not cutting back in ohio. they are investing more in the toledo area chrysler planned. the romney campaign has been asked about it. and they stand by it. the suggestion is clear that ohio might lose jobs. host: let's play a little bit of the radio ad that talks about this. >> barack obama says he saved the auto industry, but for who? ohio or china? gm cut 15,000 american jobs, but they are planning to double the number of cars in china which means 15,000 more jobs for china. chrysler plans to start making jeeps in china. what happened to the promises made to autoworkers in ohio? this same hard-working men and women who were told the auto bailout would help them. mitt romney would welcome
of his constituents who were under siege from hurricane sandy. he has his priorities in order. he knows his policy. he loves his american people. he is very patriotic. he is very good at politics. >> thank you very much. thank you to leader pelosi for her tenacity and her unprecedented work ethic. to my new colleagues -- welcome. the leader told me that it would be a labor when. i have enjoyed every day of this job. it says something about our unexpected pickups that you had to use your wide angle lenses to capture the incredible wealth of talent and diversity we have. with the new members, the tea party starts to roll back and problem solving can move forward. that is what this election was about. these leaders wake up every morning not thinking about left or right. they wake up thinking about how to move their communities forward, the country forward, how to solve problems. are may years to have had to balance budgets and the potholes'. they are veterans. they are small business people. they are doctors. the message that voters sent due out this country is that they want problem solve
presentation. i'm wondering how hurricane sandy and in need for fema will impact the [video clip] . and if you think the cr that goes through march now will be folded into that. >> the in corporations process has not only been broke down, it n. such those decisions will not be made by the lame duck on with geordies on inside. it will be made by both sides. john been on the house side. the worst way to legislate and appropriate is to put it in the hands of one man. but that is the way it is. i can i give you any guidance. talk to john boehner and see what he would agree to. but there will be no logical appropriations process with respect to those issues in the lame duck. >> who will be among the frist -- first of the cabinet secretaries asked to the the id ministration? >> i will refer to my democratic party. i have some nominations. usually people off their resignation. my sense is a lot of the folks of artists and their living so that probably will take place. given the fiscal cliff, is there a need to provide socratic the -- to provide some clarity sooner than later? >> yes. >> how soon? >>
presentation. i wondered how hurricane sandy and a possible need for feed it to get some embassies supplemental funding would impact the leg up, and if you talk about that and if you think the cr that goes through march will be folded into that the keep us through the end of the year? >> i will talk about that because i was the incorporator. the preparations process has not only broken down, it has been shut down, -- the appropriations process has not only broken down, it has been struck down. all decisions are made with respect to the cr, which is written in the leader's office. those decisions will not be made in the leading doubt -- the lame duck by majorities of the decide. it will be made by harry reid on the senate side at either agree to or acquiesced in by john boehner on the house side. it is the worst way to legislate an appropriations, to put it all in the hands of one man or two men, in this case, but that is the way it is. i cannot give you any guidance on that. talk to harry reid and see how he feels. talk to john boehner and see what he would agree to. there will be no logical ap
's stop there. first, i want to show you "the daily news" about superstore sandy, new york hit with a $30 billion bill. "the daily news" is saying to suck it up. responding to the storm up there in new york. that is a story to watch as congress returns. another topic for congress, of course, is the situation with general petraeus resigning. we will talk about that with ronald kessler, next. we will talk about protocol, and then we will return to this fiscal cliff discussion with evan in, former democratic senator from indiana. we will be right back. ♪ >> c-span invites middle school and high-school students to send a message to the president. let the president know which issue is most important to be considered in 2013. the studentcam video competition is open to students grades 6 through 12, and the january -- and the deadline is january 18. for complete rules, go online to studentscam.org. >> i enjoy the rebroadcast of various television news programs. i like that they provide and to end coverage without the sound bites. it really gives me an opportunity to consume as much information
update. >> the unemployment figures this hour. superstorm sandy drove the number of people seeking benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months. the labor department says applications increased by 70,000 because a large number of applicants filed in states damaged by the storm. people can claim unemployment benefits if the workplace is closed and they do not get paid. an update on the deep water horizon explosion in the gulf of mexico. bbc says bp is said to receive a record fine of between $3 billion and $5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the accident. the bbc editor said that it will be the biggest criminal penalty in u.s. history. the settlement will be with bp pleading guilty to criminal charges. in addition, there is word that up to four staff will be arrested and two charged with manslaughter. the 2010 deepwater horizon disaster killed 11 workers and released millions of barrels of crude oil into the gulf of mexico over 87 days. more on david petraeus from defense secretary leon panetta. in remarks earlier from thailand,
. they will never know that right. when we fought the pro 8 case, chris and sandy -- they are twins. they were entering high school. they graduate in june. their moms are not married. we have to tell this human story as often as possible because that is what america cares about. we have to be smart about how we get these take juries and how we -- victories and how we get them as fast as we can. always remembering why and we fought. i cannot be more eloquent than you were. >> you talked about the coalitions that were put in place for the work that was done in this election season. how do you see our role as lgbt people in working other issues of oppression? where do you see that playing out? >> you are right. it is important. look at the fiscal cliff. sequestration. if we do not come to a sensible resolution, all people, including lgbt people, it is silly when you have these discussions as though lgbt people are not part of the community impacted by health care or impacted by cuts in medical care, especially care for hiv and aids patients. look at where we are headed without a deal. we have to
public. in the wake of events such as hurricane sandy, i'm committed to ensuring congress does all that it can to support those brave men and women, mr. speaker. i am pleased that this legislation is supported by the emergency services coalition on medical preparedness which works to ensure that we protect the protectors. i ask unanimous consent to insert their record of support in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bilirakis: thank you. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentleman from mississippi. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5997, the medical preparedness allowable use act and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, although i support h.r. 5997, it is not without reservation and concern about the reduced funding this congress has allocated to important homeland security grant programs over the past few years. due to significantly diminished appropriation
. remember some other republican narrative is going to be sandy is what made a difference. why? because you saw this enormous public embrace of the idea of bipartisanship at a time of great stress in the country. the bromance between obama and chris christie was kind of like a cross between "i spy" and laurel and hardy. you have got that, and you had run the talking about how i will reach out, i will find common ground. obama calls in and says we need a common ground. i need you to be my emissary to congressional republicans and get them to go along with the simpson-bowles grand bargain. at the same time, while congressional republicans are not wanting to support governor romney, and remember when paul ryan after the 2010 elections, he was an icon for them, came back to the freshmen and said we cannot do the budget cuts we promised you right now. they threw him out of the room. they are not to be eager to do that. you can gain significant leverage by moving in that direction, and it would not surprise me that obama has a couple of cards up his sleeve to turn the bully pulpit into a more pot
tonight at 8:00 eastern, here on c-span. and then, the communicators. after hurricane sandy, we examine the impact the federal emergencies have on telecommunications systems. amongst our guests, the vice president of the regulatory affairs association, and congressman rangel, the serves on the commerce committee. -- who serves on the commerce committee. alan krueger spoke today at a briefing about the economy and consumer confidence. this is a little more than one hour. >> special guests. good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. thank you for your patience. we decided that it would be beneficial to you to have alan krueger joining me here today, as you know. he co-authored a report from the white house on the impact of middle-class tax hikes if they were to occur on retailers and consumer spending. that report is available on whitehouse.gov, if you have not read it. he authored this report for cyber monday. i hope that your delay led to extra purchases online using private computers not your company's computers. i want to turn it over to allen, who can take your questions on the importance
of hurricane sandy, governor chris christie of new asked for help with gas pipeline crews. the are people from specter energy here today. specter has crews in ontario that were ready to go. there was some pickup in some pipeline. i get an urgent call from our board members. he said -- this is crazy. we got into it. several people worked on it. they found out -- we could not -- it got resolved. the crews helped the electcity workers. we got to this crisis. it underscores the importance of the on the border work. now that we have got the u.s. elections behind us, is there a moment to build an amendment on it now? why is it so important to you? >> it is of immense benefit to both sides. we remain each other's largest trading partners. we are the two most integrated economies in the world. to have businesses constantly coming up against silly differences or the tyranny of small differences makes no sense. we have been making good progress since we agreed to this one year ago. it has been moving ahead well. it will pick up some steam now that the election is over. i hope that incidents like this th
district and throughout my state in the aftermath of hurricane sandy was nothing less than catastrophic. mr. pallone: but i really want to talk about the rebuilding effort today and what we need to do over the long term. the amount of outpouring, if you will, from volunteers, from just regular people in the district was just overwhelming. and i want to thank fema. i want to thank the red cross, the salvation army, all the different groups that are out there and continue to be out there today helping out with in effort. but the outpouring of volunteers from our own district and from new jersey was gist incredible. -- was just incredible. a few days ago i remember going to union beach, which was one of the towns hardest hit, and seeing so many people bringing food and clothing and cleaning supplies and one guy owns a pizza place, brought in a pizza oven and was making pizzas. another guy brought in a tv so people could watch tv at the center. where people come to sign up for fema. it just was amazing and it showed the spirit, if you will, of the people that they were willing to do that. but t
and sandy -- they are twins. they were entering high school. they graduate in june. their moms are not married. we have to tell this human story as often as possible because that is what america cares about. we have to be smart about how we get these take juries and how we get them as fast as we can. always remembering why and we fought. i cannot be more eloquent than you were. >> you talked about the coalitions that were put in place for the work that was done in this election season. how do you see our role as lgbt people in working other issues of oppression? where do you see that playing out? >> you are right. it is important. look at the fiscal cliff. sequestration. if we do not come to a sensible resolution, all people, including lgbt people, it is silly when you have these discussions as though lgbt people are not part of the community impacted by health care or impacted by cuts in medical care, especially care for hiv and aids patients. look at where we are headed without a deal. we have to increasingly work together in coalitions in partnerships where we can come toget
and affirmed by the tragedy in the northeast with hurricane sandy. secondly, we all believe a in the context of this that the human investment programs that support and sustain the working class and poor americans should not be the sacrificial lamb in any discussions. those programs have already been cut, been reduced to an extent. we are very unified in our thinking. thirdly and finally, we stand here, yes, as representatives of the organizations and the constituencies that we work for. we stand here as americans with a sincere hope the men and women in this city can find common ground. we know they can find common ground if they all exercise good will. if they exercise a commitment to common ground. we think that is one of the most important messages. a sincere feeling that we expect leaders to find common ground. we think the president for having us today and his out reach efforts have been extraordinary. i will introduce sister and then janet and we will go from there. >> i am sister samone. you probably know me -- it was a big honor to be in the meeting today. i think what i take away i
that everybody of the hundreds of people that work at cbs news during the crazy week of hurricane sandy has an example -- each has their own story of difficulty at home. all of them came right to work and ran into the story. that is what happens time and time again in the news business. you cannot predict what happens tomorrow, and that is part of what i think is exciting. requires some sacrifice working holidays, running into a storm when your own house had a tree come down on it. everybody had a story. i have worked incredibly hard and made us all proud. that really is a big part of what we try to achieve it. we are proud of what we are doing. in that case, we are proud of public service. then the election can, and i am proud of that too. everybody stay sober? it really was a culmination for us. we had taken over -- in charge of a cbs news one year and a half ago. these big stories happened. that is a priority of our organization. when a big story happens, we are ready to jump on a dime, including the petraeus story, and that is as big as it gets. to cover it in a way that helps the viewe
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